Reading Romantic Poetry
(Romantikus költészet: versolvasó szeminárium) in spring 2015
, Mon 09:00–10:30
lecture, 30 h/term; strong prereq: BBN-ANG-211 213 215
description & set texts
This course has a double aim: it hopes to acquaint students with Romantic poetry, and it also aims to offer practical exercises in the analysis of poems. It will be made up of seminars devoted to the close reading and discussion of one or two (usually short) poetic texts from the Romantic period. Students will be asked to read the assigned poems in advance, and we will then try to make sense of these works in detail in class. The course is a joint enterprise of lecturers specializing in the Romantic period, and classes will be held by different instructors, hopefully creating the atmosphere of a “workshop” where students will have a chance to get acquainted with different techniques of reading poetry. Texts (particular titles are to be announced in the first class): poems by Blake; extracts from Wordsworth’s Prelude; lyric poems by Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats.
requirements & assessment
Regular attendance and reading is required. Three absences are allowed, but failure to read the assigned texts for each class counts as absence. Grades are based on class work (attendance, reading, and participation in discussions), and a home-essay. The essay should discuss one particular poem (or maybe compare two related poems) from the Romantic period, should use at least three critical sources, and be cca. 7 pages long. You will first have to write a first draft of your essay around the middle of the term — this will be returned to you with corrections, and you will have to resubmit it in a rewritten, improved version at the end of the term.